Location of your wine cooler
Where do you want your wine fridge? Perhaps you already know. If not, make sure to consider this carefully when looking for a wine cooler.
Broadly speaking, there are three categories of wine fridges: Free-standing, built-in and integratable cabinets. No matter the exact placement, there’s a golden rule for all wine coolers: air circulation. The cabinet needs to be able to suck in fresh air via its base at the front, and it must be able to get rid of hot air up top and at the back. Otherwise, the cabinet will have to spend unnecessary amounts of energy on cooling which results in an excessive energy consumption, noise nuisance as well as wear and tear on the equipment.
We’ll briefly go through the three types below.
1. Free-standing wine cabinet
The most common way to place a wine fridge is free-standing on either the floor or a tabletop. Make sure to place the cabinet so that there’s a couple of centimetres of space on each side of it and on the back.
In that way, you’ll ensure that your cabinet can get rid of excess heat.
2. Built-in wine cabinet
A built-in wine fridge normally has the same width as an ordinary kitchen unit (60 cm). This means that you can pull out a unit and fit the wine cooler instead. You probably already know this system from dishwashers under the tabletop.
If you want a built-in wine fridge, it’s important that you choose one that has been prepared for this specifically. The cabinet typically has its air intake at the front of its base near the socket.
Some models, such as PNG46S-HHB from Danish PeVino, have a sort of retracted socket which enables you to fit your regular kitchen socket in front of the wine cabinet. This makes your kitchen design a beautifully integrated whole. If you pick this option, you should remember to install a grate in the kitchen socket in front of the cabinet so that air can still get in at the base. Also make sure that the wine fridge can get rid of excess heat by leaving at least a couple of centimetres of free space between the top cover and the underside of the tabletop. At the very least make sure to have some form of ventilation at the back.
3. Integrable wine cooler cabinet
The dimensions of an integratable wine fridge normally fit directly into a kitchen unit. This means that this type of cabinet – as opposed to a built-in one – won’t replace a kitchen unit; it’ll fit right into the existing unit. That’s why the door of the wine cabinet has the same width as the kitchen unit to cover the sides of the kitchen cupboard while the wine cabinet itself is a bit slimmer in order to fit into the unit.
When choosing to integrate a wine cooler in an existing kitchen cupboard, you need to make sure that hot air can escape at the back and upwards at the top of the cabinet. Perhaps cut a hole in the top of the cupboard yourself. If it’s in a visible spot, you could cover it with a nice aluminium grate or the like.
Likewise, ensure air intake at the base of the kitchen cupboard by installing a grate or a similar arrangement in the socket. Generally, all wine fridges need to be able to suck in air at the base and get rid of the heat travelling upwards.